Dim Sumsare a universal favourite but not enough credit is given to the humble Chinese baos. These small soft pillowy buns filled with delicious stuffing is a seriously underrated dish. Not only are they the Chinese equivalent to perhaps a slider or a baby sandwich but these little guys are deceptively filling. If you have never had bao before or you are a fan, pop by any of these five restaurants and enjoy some of the best baos in Mumbai.
The Fatty Bao- The restaurant does some excellent Asian food and as the name suggests some very good baos. Most folks come here for their comforting Ramen bowls but the highlight is, in fact, their selection of baos (refer cover image). Pick either the Char Sui Bao which is full of Bbq Pork or then the Chili Crab and Prawn Bao. Truth be told the menu has plenty of options so you can go crazy enjoying them.
Foo - Asian Tapas, High Street Pheonix, Lower Parel- It is one of the best Asian restaurants and there is very little that goes wrong if at all it does, with a meal at Foo. While it offers a mix of Asian dishes it is a predominantly Chinese menu. Their dim sums are stellar especially the Charcoal Prawn Har Gao, but, if it is Baos you need, then the Foo Steamed Chicken Bao or the Food Steamed Mushroom and Peppers Bao.
Plum by Bent Chair, Lower Parel, South Mumbai- This restaurant is a pop of colour and kitschy art. Located in the very busy Kamala Mills, it sounds out for its wonderful Asian menu. The Sunday brunch is popular here but if you are looking for a quick and perhaps a light bite then pick from their soup and dim sum menu. The Sweet and Sour Roast Pork Bao is our favourite but if you prefer to skip the meat then the Wild Mushroom Bao with burnt garlic flakes is excellent.
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Pa Pa Ya, Palladium Mall, Lower Parel- Pa Pa Ya is usually favoured for their elaborate sushi menu. There is a mix of Asian dishes on the menu so you would not be stuck with just one type of cuisine and when you glance at the dim sum section make sure to try their Spiked Pork Bao and the Korean Pulled Chicken Bao.
145 - This trendy bar is not the first place you would think of for baos but all three outlets have a mix and match menu that just works for a casual meal or a night out with drinks. The USP with these baos is that they are Indianised, unlike your typical Chinese baos. Think Paneer Pasanda Bao, Spicy Chorizo Bao or even a Butter Chicken Bao. The more outrageous it sounds, the tastier they are. Our favourite pick is Raan Bao.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.